Hubble’s replacement

This week, NASA unveiled the James Webb Space Telescope, an orbiting telescope intended to replace Hubble around 2013. The scope will be parked in the L2 Lagrangian point, meaning it will be perpetually locked in orbit on the side of the Earth opposite the sun. The scope will detect in infrared, so that it can capture light from stars old enough to be red-shifted mostly out of the visible range. It’s got other nifty features, like the ability to “squint” to see dim objects sitting next to bright objects.

Saturday ~ May 12, 2007 by b

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